Salva Sevilla

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Salva Sevilla
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Sevilla training with Betis in 2010
Personal information
Full name Salvador Sevilla López
Date of birth (1984-03-18) 18 March 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Berja, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mallorca
Number 8
Youth career
Poli Ejido
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Poli Ejido 10 (0)
2004–2005Atlético Madrid C (loan)
2005Atlético Madrid B (loan) 1 (0)
2005–2008 Sevilla B 84 (11)
2008–2010 Salamanca 73 (17)
2010–2014 Betis 97 (11)
2014–2017 Espanyol 47 (1)
2017– Mallorca 69 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2019

Salvador "Salva" Sevilla López (born 18 March 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Mallorca as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Berja, Province of Almería, Andalusia, Sevilla finished his formation with local club Polideportivo Ejido. He made his professional debut on 12 October 2003, starting in a 2–2 away draw against Ciudad de Murcia in the Segunda División.[1]

In summer 2004, Sevilla was loaned to Atlético Madrid, but only appeared for its B and C-sides. The following year he joined another reserve team, Sevilla Atlético also of the second level.[2]

On 10 July 2008, Sevilla moved to fellow league club UD Salamanca.[3] He scored a career-best 11 goals in his second season,[4] and joined Real Betis shortly after.[5]

In his first year with the Verdiblancos, Sevilla contributed with three goals in 33 matches to help his team return to La Liga after a two-year absence. He made his top flight debut on 27 August 2011, starting in a 1–0 win at Granada CF.[6]

Sevilla scored his first goal in the Spanish top tier on 18 September 2011, netting through a penalty kick in a 3–2 away success over Athletic Bilbao.[7] His second came in the same fashion against Real Zaragoza (4–3 win, home),[8] and he finished the campaign with 19 starts and 1,446 minutes of action to help Betis retain its league status.

On 13 March 2014, in only his seventh career game in the UEFA Europa League, Sevilla came on as a second-half substitute for Rubén Castro in the round-of-16 tie against former club Sevilla FC, and netted the last goal in the 2–0 away win.[9] He signed a three-year contract with RCD Espanyol as a free agent in the summer,[10] scoring the first goal of 2015–16 which was the game's only one at home against Getafe CF.[11]

On 28 August 2017, 33-year-old Sevilla signed for RCD Mallorca of Segunda División B, on a free transfer.[12] He was an undisputed starter for a side that achieved two consecutive promotions under Vicente Moreno,[13] culminating with the 3–0 victory over Deportivo de La Coruña on 23 June 2019 in the play-offs to overcome a 2–0 deficit from the first leg, with him scoring in the 62nd minute.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Sevilla's older brother, José Antonio, was also a footballer. A central defender, his most notable club was Poli Ejido.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calado evita el triunfo del Ciudad de Murcia (Calado avoids Ciudad de Murcia triumph); Mundo Deportivo, 13 October 2003 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "¿Qué fue de los integrantes del Sevilla Atlético de Segunda división?" [What happened to members of Sevilla Atlético of Segunda división?] (in Spanish). Sevillismo en Vena. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ Salva Sevilla, tercer fichaje 'charro' (Salva Sevilla, third charro signing); Marca, 10 July 2008 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Real Unión pierde frente al Salamanca en una batalla por evitar el descenso (3–0) (Real Unión lose against Salamanca in relegation battle (3–0)); El Mundo, 30 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Betis ficha a Salva Sevilla por cuatro temporadas (Betis sign Salva Sevilla for four seasons); Diario AS, 3 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Granada 0–1 Real Betis Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 27 August 2011
  7. ^ El Betis sabe a lo que juega (Betis got game); Marca, 19 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El Betis se pone líder (4–3) (Betis reach first place (4–3)); Diario de Sevilla, 23 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Impressive Betis take control against Sevilla; UEFA, 13 March 2014
  10. ^ Salva Sevilla ficha por el Espanyol (Salva Sevilla signs for Espanyol); Marca, 25 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Salva Sevilla ilumina el debut del Espanyol (Salva Sevilla lights up Espanyol's debut); Marca, 22 August 2015 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Real Mallorca ficha a Salva Sevilla (Real Mallorca sign Salva Sevilla); RCD Mallorca, 28 August 2017 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Salva Sevilla, el metrónomo del Mallorca" [Salva Sevilla, Mallorca's metronome] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  14. ^ "El Mallorca es de Primera División" [Mallorca are of Primera División] (in Spanish). Diario de Mallorca. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Equipo revelación, con un canterano celeste" [The revelation team, with a sky blue youth graduate] (in Spanish). Ideal. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  16. ^ José Antonio Sevilla at BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 August 2018.

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